My 5: Seac Pai Van Park, Macau.

Seac Pai Van Park Macau China

1. February 2018. After five nights in the hustle and bustle of Macau Peninsula, I was definitely in need of a change of pace. Happily then, a day spent strolling around Coloane Island provides just that. Start your wanderings here at Macau’s largest natural green area, a beautiful, protected animal park converted from farmland.

2. February 2018. Just follow the various paths that run around the park. There’s no order; you can go as you please. Along the way you’ll see flamingos at the central reservoir, as well as an aviary, ostriches and all manner of primates, including the endangered squirrel monkey.

3. February 2018. Stop for a moment to check out this quirky tribute to an old transit plane. Used to transport goods and people between Macau and Portugal, it eventually crashed and its remains were brought back to Macau and pieced back together for its final resting place in the park.

4. February 2018. If you’ve never seen pandas in China, Macau has got to be one of the easiest ways to see these amazing animals up close. The park houses three giant pandas and we were lucky enough to arrive during breakfast when the trio was enthusiastically tucking into a mountain of bamboo. Entrance fee to the panda pavilion is just 10HKD (£0.90 €1 $1.30), although on the day of our visit access was free during the Chinese New Year holiday.

5. February 2018. Seac Pai Van Park is open daily from 09:00-18:00. The best time to see the pandas is between 11:00-12:00 and last access is taken at 17:00. You can stay in the pavilion for an hour and take as many photos as you want as long as you don’t use flash.

For more on my time in this amazing corner of China, check out my other articles on Macau.

Like these? Then why not leaf through my many other 5s from across China.

I’ve also written a short story series called Challenged in China.

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